The Sound of Stars by: Alechia Dow

” Can a girl who risks her life for books and an Ilori who loves pop music work together to save humanity?

When a rebel librarian meets an Ilori commander…

Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the death of one-third of the world’s population. Today, seventeen-year-old Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. “
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Content Warnings: racism, alcoholism, violence, captivity, anxiety, confinement, murder, hanging, and graphic injury.

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I feel like it’s becoming a trend but…here is another book I bought, almost a year ago, and finally read…and it was AMAZING!

I’ll be honest, when I first started reading this I was a little worried I wasn’t going to get into it. Luckily, I always like to read at least 25% of a book before I decide whether or not to DNF. Slow start, or at least that’s how I felt, but it really started picking up around 18% [I want to say] and took me on a journey. Reading through this book became heavy at times and I needed to take breaks here and there, for my mental health, to listen to cheerful music or watch something comedic.

Janelle, or Ellie, a black, demi-ace, plus-size teen was easy for me to relate to as was her love of books and music. Media forms, like books and music, have always had a way of changing how I feel, no matter how upset/angry/sad I am a good book or a killer playlist can have me smiling, and laughing, in no time. Personally, I don’t even want to imagine a world lacking music and books that allow us to escape reality, and sometimes help us work through our own reality.

Throughout the book, there are tons of pop culture references which I loved! From classic quotes to song titles to books mentions some just giving us breadcrumbs to guess what they are…I loved it all. I bought a physical copy of this book before I ended my BoTM subscription [I really have too many physical books on my tbr to be on any subscriptions *insert nervous laughter here*] that I plan to go through and highlight all the different references. I love the idea of piecing together a playlist with all the songs they mention throughout the story. I decided to read my Kindle version [yes I’m guilty of being multiple formats before reading] mostly so I could highlight and add my favorite quotes to Goodreads easily.

This story, although overall sad [what with the alien takeover and banning of music/art/books/etc], was filled with a silver lining whether you think of all the pop culture references or the deep connection Ellie and M0Rr1S make over them. I can definitely see myself re-reading this book. I’m also very excited to get my hands on a copy of “The Kindred” as, although I couldn’t find anything online saying so, I think there may be a connection between the two books.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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